A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Some lip service made to the plight of homeless veterans.
Positive Role Models
Most of the characters are archetypal action-movie military mercenaries or stereotypical rural militiamen. There's also a dragon who, when not killing people with fire and its sharp teeth, breathes on people and turns them into zombified death cult members.
Violence & Scariness
Dragon either breathes fire or eats its victims. Blood, some gore. Limbs torn off. Charred bodies shown. Mercenaries hired by a corrupt mayor and backwoods militiamen do battle with a dragon in the Rocky Mountains -- plenty of military grade weaponry fired at the dragon, as well as explosives. Sniper kills members of a death cult that has emerged in the mountains that sacrifices victims to the dragon -- head shots. Stabbing deaths, bloody. Severed head found in a cooler with its face clawed off. Character pistol-whipped in the face.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief kiss. One of the mercenaries looks at a pornographic magazine.
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Frequent profanity, including "f--k" and "motherf---er." Also: "bulls--t," "s--t," "s--thead," "damn," "dammit," "ass," "d--kheads."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One of the characters chews tobacco, is shown spitting into a cup. Another militiaman arrives on the mission hungover; when not throwing up or being tired, he sneaks drinks from a flask.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dragon Soldiers is a 2020 action-fantasy movie in which a team of mercenaries sent into the mountains to find missing hikers discover that a dragon is on the warpath. Expect constant military violence, fantasy violence, and some blood and gore. The mercenaries are armed to the teeth with assault rifles, sniper rifles, guns, grenades, explosives, and when not trying to stop the dragon, they do battle with a militia and homeless veterans that have formed a death cult after the dragon breathed gas on them. Bloody stabbing deaths. Sniper killings -- characters shot in the forehead. Limbs cut off, chewed up by the dragon. Frequent profanity, including "f--k" and "motherf---er." One of the characters chews tobacco. Another mercenary seems to have a drinking problem and shows up to the mission hungover and occasionally leaning against a tree vomiting, and is later shown sneaking drinks from a flask. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
While no one expects great cinema from a movie like Dragon Soldiers, it's almost impressive to take in just how stupid, cliched, and uninspired this movie really is. Yes, it's self aware of its own dumbed-down schlock value, as evidenced by dialogue such as "It's a g--damn dragon, bro!" and one of the characters saying "Have a knife day" after slitting the enemy's throat. It could be deliberately bad like the Sharknado franchise, or unintentionally bad, or a combination of the two, but the bottom line is that it doesn't merit that much contemplation. It was a dark day for movies when computer animators started making computer-animated dragons and the studios decided to make movies centered on said computer-animated dragons, and Dragon Soldiers is the latest in this unwatchable genre.
Some movies are "so bad, they're good." This is a movie that is "so bad, it's mediocre at best." The characters are pretty much stereotypes seen in so many other action movies. The dragon, who, like all dragons, breathes fire, flies, and sometimes shrieks, has more depth to its character than its human counterparts. The audience can be forgiven if they find themselves rooting for the dragon as the movie grinds on from one gratuitously violent scene to the next. While there's nothing inherently bad about low-budget, dumb action movies, it's a problem when the stupidity isn't creative or at least entertaining, which is what separates this from, say, the first Sharknado.
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